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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Zechariah and of Elizabeth, who in her old age conceived John the Baptist.

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Philippians 4,10-19

As for me, I am full of joy in the Lord, now that at last your consideration for me has blossomed again; though I recognise that you really did have consideration before, but had no opportunity to show it. I do not say this because I have lacked anything; I have learnt to manage with whatever I have. I know how to live modestly, and I know how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty. There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In the early days of the gospel, as you of Philippi well know, when I left Macedonia, no church other than yourselves made common account with me in the matter of expenditure and receipts. You were the only ones; and what is more, you have twice sent me what I needed in Thessalonica. It is not the gift that I value most; what I value is the interest that is mounting up in your account. I have all that I need and more: I am fully provided, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the offering that you sent, a pleasing smell, the sacrifice which is acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fulfil all your needs out of the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle speaks in a loving way to the community of Philippi. His love is not indifferent to the brothers’ and sisters’ choices. He experiences great joy in the Lord because their feelings toward the Lord have flourished. Community life and friendship among brothers and sisters are never lukewarm. And we can never create that fraternity which Pope Francis calls a condominium, without passion, that is, by only having something in common, but by omitting our personal lives. Our hearts are not divided; our choices are always personal and involve our entire lives. The apostle claims that is not looking for consideration, or asking for anything. He does so in order to tear the disciples from the temptation to neglect caring for one another and to remain distant spectators. "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." The apostle is aware and helps us understand how much we can do if we are full of Jesus’ love. "Without me you cannot do anything," Jesus told his own. Jesus means that with him we can do everything, exactly because we do not confide in our poor strength but in the extraordinary power of his spirit. We have to learn to always share one another’s distress and difficulties without neglecting to offer concrete support. Paul feels strengthened by this behaviour, not only in matters of concrete material necessities, which we should never minimize, but above all in the meaning that this help represents. Whoever gives with mercy finds mercy, that is the magnificent wealth in Jesus Christ that is a life full of joy that is given, never lost and lasting.

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday